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Hexbright Flex C14 Capacitor?

Hello, unfortunately last week my Hexbright stopped working. I thought it was the battery, but I still get the red LED flashing when pushing the button. Upon further examination, I see the C14 capacitor popped or broke somehow. According to the v0.5 schematic I found here, it's part of the voltage regulator and is a 1uF capacitor.

Does anyone know the part number to order? Or what the voltage requirements are? I don't know very much about electrical engineering unfortunately, but I do feel somewhat confident I could solder the correct part back on. There were thousands of 1uF capacitors on DigiKey, but I haven't a clue which one to get.

I took a picture just incase my description was inadequate:

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Thanks for any assistance!

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Hi Josh,

Effectively, C14 is the output capacitor of the MIC5353 voltage regulator and, according to the MIC5353 datasheet, it is recommended to use a capacitor of at least 1 µF with low ESR, preferably with X7R dielectric.

As the output voltage is only 3.3 V, a capacitor with 16 V rating (which is probably the cheapest you can find these days) is a good option. Finally, since the body size of the capacitor used in the Hexbright is 2012 (metric), I would use the following part number from Murata (a reputable manufacturer):

Murata P/N: GRM21BR71C105KA01L

Unfortunately, these components are so cheap these days that even if you buy a hundred of them, you still have to pay more for shipping than for the merchandise :)

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Thank you so much! I went ahead and placed an order for a few. I'll update this thread with my results. Happy New Years!


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